Friday, December 16, 2011

Week 1 - Day 2

The reps required for week 1 day 2 are 10/12/8/8/max (min. 12). I completed all reps and my max increased from 12 on day 1 to 17 on day 2. I don't know if that is an improvement in strength or that I just didn't do the "initial test" before starting on my day 1.

By starting day 1 on Sunday, I had an extra day of rest in between day 1 and 2, and time to recover. However, on the day of day 3, my pecs are still feeling very sore, despite taking epson baths everyday. We'll see how it goes.

Monday, December 12, 2011

After Day 1...

When I said I was expecting tender muscles the next day, I did not expect what I was to feel ><
Each set felt so easy (cuz of the low reps) that it barely felt like a workout at the time, and only 47 push-ups in total if you think about it. I am so indescribably sore today that I could barely make it out of the house. If I needed a wake up call to convince me that I am indeed out of shape, that really did it.

On a good note, I slept soundly til 1 pm today, which is something I haven't been able to do for a long time due to stress. Yes, exercise helps you sleep. Proven.

Next training day is Wednesday. Looking forward to it, and looking forward to getting back into shape.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Week One

The Hundred Push-ups program asks that you exercise 3 days a week, and doing 5 sets of push-ups each time. I will edit the post as I complete each training day throughout the week.

Day One

The requirements for week one, day one are as follows:

10/12/7/7/max (at least 9) = 45 total

As I chose a level of difficulty easier than my supposed fitness level, completing the reps were not difficult. However, I could still feel a bit of burn on my arms and I am expecting tender muscles tomorrow, as my arms have not had a real work out for a long time now.

Actual reps completed:

10/12/7/7/12 = 47 total

I figure that regardless of whether I will actually be able to do 100 push-ups, doing 47 push-ups today was better than doing nothing at all.

100 push-ups

It has really been way too long before I've been doing anything at all to keep in shape, and it's having it's toll on my body, posture, and my overall energy levels. I don't like it.

So instead of looking back to the "good ol' days" of kung fu and dragonboat, I have decided to start a regular exercise program: the 100 pushups program at, because it is easy, free, quiet, and using about 30 minutes a week, fits nicely into my uber busy schedule, and I'm gonna use this doodle space (untouched since 2008) to keep track of my progress if anyone's interested.

First of all, I am an Asian female, 23 years old, had a history of sports and activities but is currently sedentary due to a busy work/school schedule. I will not be doing much of any other exercises aside from stretches other than the hundred push-ups program.

According to the program, you take an initial test to access your fitness level. Basically you do as many push-ups as you can before you drop. I fall under fitness level Rank 3, meaning that I can do 15 - 29 consecutive push-ups in one set (20), meaning that I can skip to week 3 in the six week program. However, to play it safe, and to give myself more time to ease into the fitness program without injury, I will start from the first week of the program. As today is December 11, I should be able to do 100 push-ups after six weeks, on January 21. As the program allows for repeating especially difficult weeks, I should still be able to do 100 push-ups by my birthday on February 12, which is gonna be my goal.